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A round up of business opportunities in sustainability, including government tenders, grants and accelerator programs.

New funding round for NSW organic waste collections

Calling all NSW councils looking to better manage organic waste.

The NSW Organics Collections grant program is open for applications to help with food and garden waste collections in households.

This round is worth $16 million with grants of up to $1.3 million to introduce new or expanded kerbside collection services, part of the NSW government’s plan to reroute organic waste away from landfills.

The majority of the money will go towards communities affected by the Mixed Waste Organics Outpost decision as part of the Alternative Waste Treatment package, with $3.5 million left over for non-affected councils.

The application deadline is 23 July –­ learn more here.

Maintaining Canterbury Bankstown’s Water Sensitive Urban Design

Canterbury Bankstown Council is looking to add Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) to its slate of upcoming projects.

The council does have a variety of WSUD devices installed in the area, however, lack of a proper maintenance program has left many of them either underperforming or dysfunctional.

The council is seeking qualified specialists in water sensitive urban design maintenance for upgrades and to ensure all WSUD devices are fully operational and optimised.

Water sensitive urban planning allows the town to fully integrate the urban water cycle, including waste water and stormwater, into the city to better manage its water resources and prevent any environmental degradation in the region.The tender closes 30 July at 2:30 – learn more here.

Modernising sustainable irrigation in West Gippsland

West Gippsland is looking for help to plan its sustainable irrigation program.

The program is designed to improve sustainability in agriculture through updated irrigation infrastructure, farm planning, on farm incentives, and research into Gippsland’s potential near Lake Wellington.

The program is run by The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) with help from DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning), Agriculture Victoria (AgVic) and Southern Rural Water (SRW).

Sustainable irrigation is a major part of plans to modernise irrigation as a whole, cutting the costs to irrigators so they can afford to change and update their systems, boosting regional outcomes.

The tender closes on 30 July 2020 at 12:00 pm – see more info here.

Votes open on Australian Ethical Community Grants program

It’s not an active opportunity but Australian Ethical’s Community Grants program is something to keep an eye out on in the future. Launched in April, it offers grants of between $10,000 – $20,000 for not-for-profits and social enterprises making positive impacts.

There are now a shortlisted 24 charities from 432 applications, which was a big jump form the number of entries last year, suggesting that charities are doing it tough due to disasters such as the bushfires and now the pandemic.

The program is now open to public votes here.

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